University of California, Irvine
Institute for Software Research (ISR)
is proud to sponsor the

Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN)

The Effect of Corporate Mergers and Teaming on CMM-Based Cultures:
Will the Takeover Impact our CMM Level?

Friday, December 3, 1999

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
McDonnell Douglas Auditorium
University of California, Irvine

There is a $15.00 charge for non-sponsors.
Checks should be made payable to UC Regents.

No reservations required.

Panelists include:
    Paul Arnold, The Boeing Company,
    Richard Fanning, Raytheon-Hughes,
    Leitha Purcell, Nothrop Grumman,
    Additional panelist TBA

Panel Moderator: George O'Mary, The Boeing Company, george.w.o'

In a typical merger, there is much discussion about complementary product lines and financial synergy, but often little discussion of the impacts of the merger on organization process maturity. When two mature organizations merge, there are significant process assets which must be combined under a common process improvement strategy. An organization's policies, procedures, assigned responsibilities, measurements and analysis, quality assurance program, and management reviews reflect their unique corporate cultures. Combining two cultures requires a synthesis of these two sets of process assets, and coping with the people issues that surround them.

With mergers being commonplace in today's software community, this issue is timely. The same situation also arises when two (or more) software organizations team to support a single project. Recent teaming agreements have seen as many as five Level 3 contractors, and dozens of subcontractors, teaming to develop a single integrated product, developed under a single process.

These panelists represent organizations well-versed in mergers. They will examine all sides of this issue, and compare and contrast the approaches each of their companies have used in merging corporate cultures, either permanently or for a project's lifetime. The panelists will offer practical lessons learned about pitfalls to avoid, and techniques that work.

Expected Benefits to Attendees:

The audience will understand how corporate mergers and project teaming affect an organization's culture, from a CMM perspective. The panelists will present practical techniques for dealing with the problems of a merger.

Issues include:

Coordinator: Rick Hefner, TRW,

UCI Maps and Directions to meeting are available.

Next Meeting:

Date: Friday, January 28, 2000
Topic: MBASE
Speaker: Barry Boehm, Center for Software Engineering, USC
Coordinator: A. Winsor Brown, Center for Software Engineering, USC
Location: TBA
The Institute for Software Research (ISR) wishes to thank its corporate sponsors:


The Boeing Company * IBM * Microsoft Corporation * Northrop Grumman Corporation
Raytheon Company * Sun Microsystems * TRW


FileNet Corporation * Printronix, Inc.
Continuus Software Corporation * Hewlett-Packard * Rincon Research Corporation

For further information on SPIN or ISR,

contact Debra Brodbeck at (949) 824-2260,

Institute for Software Research
Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine CA 92697-3425